The trailer for this film was superb so I needed to see this film. I let the reviews dishearten me a bit, but still, I waited for the right moment.
Hail, Caesar was written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen (the Coen brothers). I have seen several of their films before: Raising Arizona (1987), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), No Country For Old Men (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), and True Grit (2010). Check out the soundtracks to these films, guys. They are amazing!
This movie has a great and familiar cast (for the Coen Brothers). It stars Josh Brolin (Eddie Mannix), George Clooney (Baird Whitlock), Alden Ehrenreich (Hobie Doyle), Tilda Swinton (Thora Thacker/Thessaly Thacker), Scarlett Johansson (DeeAnna Moran), Channing Tatum (Burt Gurney), Ralph Fiennes (Laurence Laurentz), Frances McDormand (C.C. Calhoun), and Jonah Hill (Joe Silverman).
Though the story is fiction, the main charcter, Eddie Mannix, is based off of a real time Hollywood “fixer” from back in the day. Upon the long to-do list at his job, one of them is helping the young Hobie find his niche in films, as he wants to try and get out of just westerns. Then again, there is also dealing with Baird being kidnapped by Communists, twin gossip columnists, and helping a starlet find the best way to explain her pregnancy (due to being young and unmarried). It takes place in 1951, during the Red Scare/Cold War and the breakdown of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Despite the supremely wonderful casting, this movie just didn’t live up to its hype for me. There were some hilarious moments, some touching moments and some historically great moments, but all in all, it wasn’t as entertaining as the trailer made it out to be. Maybe it was because of all the little substories that took place; they didn’t have the same effect as others. I loved the Eddie, Hobie, and the twins the most, but they couldn’t make up for the rest. Some movies you just expect to really enjoy and get disappointed sometimes.
I’ll give it a 6/10 while Rotten Tomatoes rates it 7.2/10.
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